Chris-Craft invited us to the unveiling of the all new Launch 36 at a press conference at the Miami International Boat Show at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 13th. The Launch 36 was not only the newest and largest addition to the Launch line-up for Chris-Craft, but Chairman Stephen Julius and President Steve Heese spoke to how this boat is a new concept for the brand.
The Launch 36 is primarily a large day boat, with overnight facilities, designed for having fun on the water, with a range of toys and water sports for family and friends. The new model is designed with a full walk around deck to access the forward seating and a full sized bow sun bed. As you make your way to the aft cockpit, owners can enjoy a full open air galley, and large U-shaped seat, with a large retractable table that easily converts to a second, large aft sun bed. Below deck, there are berths for five people, a full sized head and a separate shower.
The new model is equipped with built-in storage for a variety of sports equipment such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, bicycling, wakeboarding, and tubing.
"This is the boat I have always wanted to build for my family. People have lost sight of what it means to play on the water and this boat is really a toy boat for all" commented Stephen Julius, Chairman of Chris-Craft Corporation.
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By Terri Hodgson
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